Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Last year, I decided I would try to save a few herb plants over the winter in the house.
My experiment was 2 fold: to have some fresh herbs over the winter months and to save the price of buying the plants again the next summer.
So I dug up the plants from my garden and plunked them into a 3 Cup container. (Larger would have been better.)
Outside of placing them in a sunny location (east exposure) and watering occasionally, that was the extent of the tender loving care I gave them.
While they didn't exactly thrive, they did survive. The photo was taken last spring just before putting them back in the garden. They also supplied me with fresh rosemary and the occasional spearmint leaves. The creeping thyme I found did not need to be wintered in the house; it survived outside just fine.
This year I brought in the rosemary and mint again, and I will try a pot of parsley too.
My other gardening experiment this year will be to move a parsley patch close to my back door and cover with a translucent plastic bin when the temperatures head to the teens and lower. Between the warmth radiating from the south side of the house and the hardiness of parsley, I should have fresh parsley for Thanksgiving stuffing and other culinary delights all winter long.
So what do you have to lose? The weather should still hold for today and tomorrow. Get out the trowel and save those herbs!